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Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, January 21, 2013, In : General tech guides 

 
The higher the screen resolution the greater the memory and processor requirements are for displaying everything at full resolution. But generally with enough processing power and memory there usually isn't too much of an issue with performance. Just to put that it into perspective, I've used a machine with a 2.7GHz core 2 duo processor with 12GB of DDR3 RAM, and an FX2700 with 512MB of dedicated VRAM at 1920x1200 resolution running on an Agility 3 SSD. Even this setup struggles with 2D rend...

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10 quid on "pay as you go" GiffGaff bags you quite a lot...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Sunday, October 28, 2012, In : General tech guides 

 
 
Since arriving back in the UK and getting a my phone back online I've been using GiffGaff. They rock. It's the most value centric "pay as you go" Smartphone talk 'n' data plan that I've used in the UK yet. Oh… why? Cos' like they give you a decent unlimited 3G/GPRS mobile web browsing service each month with a minimum of a ten quid top up, as well as a whole bunch of free text messages, GiffGaff to GiffGaff network calling and 100 free UK calling minutes.  However I couldn't get the bar l...

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Blazingly fast SSD's now affordable...

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, In : General tech guides 

 
Nearly a year on after buying a 60GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD, it looks like I only just managed to get onto the SSD train. But seemingly fate wanted to also add insult to injury with the prices on lower storage capacity MLC SATA3 SSD's suddenly having dropped by over a third of the price they were this time last year. It didn't really go down too well at all having not been able to use the thing for an entire year to then find a faster newer version with a larger capacity out in the wild for cheap...

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The best FREE anti-virus protection for Windows

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, September 17, 2012, In : General tech guides 

 
I can't stress this enough and I think I've said this before, but if you must use free anti-virus software for Windows there is no beating Microsoft's Security Essentials. Sure it might be unfair and not good for encouraging competition but there is no denying that it’s the fastest and most lightest of anti-virus programs that I've ever used for Windows, and its actual ability to pick up threats to your computer matches (in some cases goes beyond) many premium subscription based alternativ...

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Do you torrent?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, September 17, 2012, In : General tech guides 

 
I'm not about to get into the in and outs of why you should or shouldn't use it although I will say that there are a lot of commercial entities that use bit torrent as a legitimate means of distributing their software. 

Regardless of which torrent client you use there are some major drawbacks to having a torrent client installed directly to a computer that you might use all the time with all your personal files stored on it. 

For most people once they install their bit torrent software of choi...

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You can still near completely negate the use of METRO via other means that have long been baked into the Windows OS

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, August 9, 2012, In : General tech guides 

 
Currently METRO can't be disabled at all by any set of included default options in the current preview builds, but I'm guessing this is to encourage people to explore METRO during the preview since it wouldn't really take much to put the more regular start menu in any sort of final release.

Choice

That's all Windows has ever done with masses of choices for interface interaction which you never find in OSX, but you know what people do? They chose to stick to what they know and then later compla...

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If you're not on a Mac you might want to consider using Windows 7 professional instead of Ultimate for better DAW performance

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, In : General tech guides 


  
For starters the pro version doesn't come with as much stuff as the ultimate install. It also runs noticeably lighter. The kicker? Your system will also score higher on the performance index rating when using Windows 7 pro over ultimate.

 

If it doesn't need to be connected to a network or the internet...

If you're going to run pro for a DAW with no network or internet  access requirements you're not necessarily going to need to down load all the security updates since there's nothing to secur...

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Stupid internal Bluetooth cards

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Monday, May 14, 2012, In : General tech guides 

 
For the past 10 years or so I've never had any real reason to use a Bluetooth connection on the various portable laptop based machines that I've had the fortune of using except for maybe connecting a mobile phone every once is a while. So I generally just remove the internal Bluetooth devices where I can. You might ask why? Well maybe possibly unwarranted paranoia if not for actual better system performance when using my computer for things that needed a high degree of reliability without ca...
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A broad solution that doesn't necessarily require a mass hardware upgrade overhaul to improve systems and networks

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, May 11, 2012, In : General tech guides 


 Since staying in Cambodia every time I've encountered another computer on which I've had to use my external hard drive on (usually an XP system of some kind), I've found I always ended up with a virus on it without fail. Its also the case that every time I've used someone else's USB stick or SD card on my computer I always found viruses on them too. This is no exaggeration. I keep telling my wife to be careful where she uses her USB stick but every time I've checked it, it always has viruses...
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A decent quality current generation mid range SSD is way faster then a 3.5 inch 10,000RPM raptor desktop hard drive (it could probably also outlive you too)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, May 9, 2012, In : General tech guides 

 
I think there's often a lot of miss-conception about what a decent modern average and above average consumer class SSD's can actually do in terms of speed which to a large degree is understandable given the terrible general consumer experience they produced when looking at early netbooks that were supplied with OEM SSD's and had below average performance (even against regular mechanical spinning platter hard drives) with relatively small capacities that weren't really up to doing anything us...

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Independent broadband down-link speed test in Cambodia for some cable & wireless connections (download speed test)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, April 6, 2012, In : General tech guides 


I probably would have done this where ever I just happened to be and currently I'm out in Cambodia.  Being a bit of an internet junkie some kind of broadband connection was essential. But with the spate of seemingly reliable value centric 3.75G mobile broadband that’s just become available out here could a mobile broadband connection really be a serious alternative to in home land bound broadband? We'll this takes a look at a couple of the most value centric providers out here and so far th...
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Managing CPU assignments on a multi-core/multi-CPU system

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : General tech guides 

 
Multi-processor  and multi-core threading not native to commercially available applications pre Vista (including many that were actually designed specifically to run on Vista)

Although multi - processor systems (and in certain cases more discrete forms of single processors with multiple processing cores) have been around long before Vista beta preview dumped on my computer, its only more recently that true multi-processor and multi-core process threading has become a little more common. Howev...

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Managing process priority from Task Manager

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : General tech guides 


 
It possible to also significantly reduce processor load and increase system speed even further just by re-assigning process priority in windows. The only problem is they only stay that way whist the application is open (i.e. it will be cleared when you close the app down) and for each login session (i.e. any changes in settings that you make will all be cleared when you log out. But there is a way of partially getting round this via the use of VMs.



Partially getting round the lack of native p...

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Managing system processes and CPU overhead for increased speed in Windows

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, March 23, 2012, In : General tech guides 

 
Windows is obviously a multi-tasking environment and its able to do this by splitting processing time  between multiple applications and background processes very rapidly via threads in order to create a steady seamless stream of processing for the numerous background processes and applications. Generally when using a host instance of an OS on a local system it generally doesn't present too much of a problem when leaving it in its default state without any alteration if you have enough local...

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Korg Zero 4 - Fix midi control assign problems

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, In : General tech guides 


I reckon there might be a few abandoned Zero4 mixers out there if not re-purposed or just sold on because of this fixable issue. You might have ran into this issue whilst trying out many various DJ or production antics that you can do with what is  a pretty versatile digital/analogue mixer.

These issues only occurs in full MIDI control mode and not analogue/digital or analogue/digital/Midi hybrid mode.

symptoms: If you found that the MIDI implementation is all messed up whilst in full MIDI mode...
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Game console controllers for your PC games

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, In : General tech guides 
This kind of leads on from my last post. However this is more to do with using game console controllers on your PC games rather then game console emulation. But from what I hear keyboard and mouse PC gaming veterans have been pasting xbox360 users left right and centre in various multi-platform, multi-player online games. Which kind of makes me think would it not make more sense to get keyboard and mouse control rocking for the console platforms to level the playing field a little more?

Whatev...

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DJ dilemma... cans or earbuds? (,,, get off my case)

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, In : General tech guides 


I was reminded about a thought I had whilst knocking out the Z's. It was over the best kinds of headphones a DJ could use for prolonged periods of time related to health reasons beyond the obvious potential hazard of excessive volumes that can come from any style of headphones.

Its to do with the kinds of environments that encourage the growth of bacteria and the potential onset of ear infections. This could also be be linked to sinus problems as your ear holes are linked to you sinus cavities...
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Basic bottlenecks in computing hardware

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Sunday, March 27, 2011, In : General tech guides 


When looking at computers (either a desktop or laptop) you might sometimes hear the term "bottle neck" being used. More often then not when you hear general consumers talking about it in terms of computers they referring to limitations in general computer hardware that causes a particular machine to not go as fast as it could potentially go. Of course none noobs can obviously just ignore this. But for all others when looking to buy a new system this might be something you want to consider if ...
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Why use a windows 7 machine for DAW or digital DJ use & some basics to setting it up

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Thursday, November 4, 2010, In : General tech guides 



No tin foil hats with wire coat hanger antennas to be found here, just pure testing and application...


Sure, most of the digital DJ's and producer elite nowadays (at least whilst in front of the lens) pretty much opt to rock an Apple Mac as their main tool of choice these days, however I reckon there are more then a fair few amateur and professional users of DAW that still opt for the Windows platform. Why?  Because nearly all high end DAW software starts out with a windows based version fir...


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Seemingly unfixable problems in Skype fixed... kinda' (constant dropped calls)

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Sunday, October 31, 2010, In : General tech guides 



I think Skype is great and as a messaging client and its pretty damned reliable. Well at least within Europe and most of the time in the initial stages when calling Asia. But if you find that the performances gets to the point where:

- There are long delays in instant message delivery, i.e. You constantly see the timer next to your message(s) that you send to have to wait from anything between two minutes to half an hour before they're delivered to the actual person you're trying to send the...


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Security essentials not working anymore?

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Friday, October 29, 2010, In : General tech guides 


For something that's free MS security essentials is a damned good real time anti-virus scanner that's pretty good at picking out a lot of potential threats a long with a whole bunch of others stuff that might have been identified as a threat but don't pose any real threat at all in relative terms. In which case you still have the option to ignore it if indeed you do feel you do know better.


Security essentials not working? - Symptoms

If all you're getting is the screen above no matter what...


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Connecting multiple wireless devices to an Inventel Livebox without having to install bloating Orange software on your comp

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Friday, October 29, 2010, In : General tech guides 



Whilst I was visiting the UK I had a little trouble finding some way of easily connecting wirelessly to an Orange Livebox.  From what I can gather there are a number of different variants of the Orange Livebox made by different manufacturers. Generally I was well accustomed with the Segam version which gives you a  lot more direct control over your wireless connections including direct Mac filtering.

However if you're one of the ones with an Inventel made Orange Livebox there is no way of di...


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